BALTIMORE — Set against one of his favorite backdrops, Aaron Judge got a pitch to hit. He didn’t miss.
Judge blasted his first home run since returning from the injured list, a two-run shot to straightaway center field that gave the Yankees a 3-2 lead over the Orioles in the third inning on Saturday night at Camden Yards.
The early signs have been encouraging for Judge, who is playing with a torn ligament in his right big toe that could require surgery after the season. Utilizing a protective shield on his right foot, Judge lined out on the first pitch he saw in Friday’s 1-0 loss, then worked three walks.
Facing Tyler Wells, Judge flew out to deep center field in his first at-bat on Saturday, then clobbered a Wells fastball for a Statcast-projected 442-foot homer, clocked off the bat at 111.6 mph. Wells has surrendered four career homers to Judge.
Judge has hit 22 career homers at Camden Yards, his highest total in any visiting ballpark. The homer was Judge’s 20th of the season, a figure that still leads the Yankees despite Judge missing 42 games after his June 3 injury.